Darden Softball Tourney

April 4th, 2013 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Last weekend I joined 30 of my Smith cohort for a trip down to the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  The 19th annual Darden Softball Invitational featured MBA teams from Wharton, American University, Darden, as well as a team from the UVA School of Law.

It was a perfect day for softball on Saturday, which was quickly followed by a cold and dreary Sunday…much more typical of the long and soggy winter we’re having this year.  We all reveled in the sunshine, sporting our bright red Smith Softball shirts, rooting for our teammates, and enjoying the hospitality of our hosts.  There were definitely some sunburns and sore muscles – some of the first years even survived a mini-tornado that struck their dugout! – but that didn’t stop anyone from hitting up a Charlottesville hot spot to cut a rug after the day’s competition.

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Never willing an opportunity to ramble about, three of us headed east on Sunday to take the long way home.  After a delicious brunch in charming Crozet, we visited the Starr Hill Brewery for a tour of their brewing facilities – a requisite stop in any town with a local production facility, in my books, ever since the crayon factory episode on Mr.Roger’s Neighborhood.  And we couldn’t leave the Virginia wine route without making a quick stop, so we sipped some samples at Veritas Winery before hopping on Skyline Drive for a charming start to the drive back to DC.

Thanks to the organizing efforts of our MBAA team, the hospitality of Darden, a gift of good weather from mother nature, and a couple of lovely ladies who enjoy rambling about as much as I do, it was a great weekend!

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